November 22, 2011

tu(n)esday - lana del rey

lana del rey (aka lizzy grant) is easily my favorite new artist. not only is her voice stunning, but her music sounds like nothing i've ever heard before, which is kind of difficult to come by.
the first song i heard by lana del rey was "video games" and i have to admit it took me a few listens to really understand the slow, moody tune.  watching the video really sealed the deal for me; her romantic lyrics sound innocent against the flickering images, and there's that steamy, summery vibe that makes you pine for those aimless august afternoons. pitchfork said it better:


While the song is husky and sensual in a way that hits the sweet spot Cat Power has abdicated since The Greatest, lyrically, "Video Games" reads more like a prelude to "Lived in Bars". Strings well up and you'll want to hear lines like "Heaven is a place on earth where you/ Tell me all the things you want to do," and "I heard you like the bad girls, honey/ Is that true?" as knowing, rhetorical come-ons. But what of the off-handed references to darts, pool, being held by an incapacitated lover, or a line like "open up a beer... and play a video game?" The allowances of a dream girl or just the most sarcastic, cutting thing you can say to an emotionally unavailable boyfriend? As with the video, it flits between surrendering to romance and depression, moving with the elegant wastefulness of the kind of day drunk that's a true privilege of the beautiful, idle class.





ps: how much do you love lizzy's look? the swept-back hair, dark eyeliner and pouty lips - so fresh.


II emily

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